Michael Kibet, a Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) graduate

After their son reportedly committed suicide after failing to find employment, a family in Kapsongoro village in Chepsangor, Nandi County, is in turmoil.

After failing to find a job, Michael Kibet, a Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) graduate, is said to have killed himself at his brother's home in Lessons.

Kibet, 26, earned an A at Tinderet Nandi's Meteitei Boys High School before graduating from the Juja-based university in 2021 with a First Class Honours degree in ICT and Telecommunication.

The person who passed away hung himself outside of his brother's home out of sadness, according to area chief David Rugut, who verified the occurrence.

He said that the family had lost not just a capable student but also a trustworthy worker across the whole Chepsangor region.

"The death of Michael has left us feeling heartbroken. In our area, he was a diligent and responsible young man. His brother claims that he committed himself out of frustration," Rugut stated.

Michael Kibet, a Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) graduate

After graduating first in his class, the deceased had anticipated finding work right away.

"The community was stunned by his death. Many people didn't believe him since he was such a modest and respectable young man," the chief claimed.

Kibet lived with his mother, a widowed single mother and retired nurse, up until his death. Since the loss of her husband, she has been homeschooling her children.

Kibet's parents truly gave him an excellent foundation in school; therefore, it is extremely terrible to lose such a dynamic young guy, he said. "It is challenging to tell what might've been the primary factor that led to Kibet's death," he said.

To proceed with funeral arrangements, the deceased's corpse was transported to Samaritan Funeral Home in Kapsabet. On Friday, June 9, 2023, he will be put to rest.

Experts blame stress and sadness for the trend in the country's rising suicide instances.

"We had no idea he was having problems. He always let us know when he was having issues, according to a relative who asked to remain anonymous and spoke to the media.

In the October to December 2022 quarter, Kenya's rate of unemployment decreased from 5.6% to 4.9%, a 0.7 percentage point drop from the same quarter in 2021.

According to the Kenya Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), this caused the number of jobless Kenyans to decrease from 1,055,816 in Q4 2021 to 960,001 in the same period.

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